After taking SeattleVersus, you may have seen that I’ve taken posting much differently then I have in the past. Obviously, to maintain an image, I choose not to post at the first sight of something that I disagree with now days. How can anyone motivate or influence when they are looked at as a jerk? When I was being called “Northwest’s #1 hater” I had to take a step back and understand what it was doing to me, as well as what it would do for my name as SeattleVersus as well. SeattleVersus stands for more than just myself, it stands for our entire region, so if I’m ever going to be making anything out of it (and us), I need to be on my P’s and Q’s.
I wanted to take a break from posting in this manner and talk about something that I think needs to be said. I’m for once going to let down this image, and post in the real “Mickey D” way that I did in the past. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to come out the wall with guns blazing and offensive, however understand that the tone of this post will come across very different than most of my posts.
This post is about our scene, our status, my personal opinion on it and what you want to do with it.
After people came back from NorCal Regionals, people were surprised. They got a taste of reality and saw that (and I quote) “people down there are much hungrier than us.” I’m glad that the people who went down to NCR were able to get that experience and were able to go, however it urked me a bit to see that people were taking this notion as a problem…the problem being that Seattle isn’t as hungry as the other regions are, hence why we’re not as good.
To go further into this, all I really have to say is “Your just figuring this out?” There has been no doubt in my mind since Evolution this summer that we were never as hungry as any of the other region’s. I’ve had multiple discussions with other people from other regions recently where they flat out said “You guys have the heart, but it just seems like you guys don’t really come to play…more or less to show your heart and be friends.”
Now with that, let me just say that I appreciate what you’re doing Frank and I think it’s great for the community. However people in this scene need to start realizing where we stand in this fighting game scene…we’re not the best, we’re not that good, and we’re not working to even become good…so to say that we’re not as “hungry” as the other regions is an understatement. We will always be that region who has “team spirit” but nothing more…Look at the Seahawks for further representation. What more, we are some what fated to have this fall upon us. We are SEATTLE…people who are passionate for their hobbies, close knit to their friends and communities and our self entitlement gets in the way of our ego’s to show us our true colors. We are prideful, yet have nothing to show for it.
The best people in our area don’t even PLAY together for God’s sake. WE don’t even play together as a scene. If you want to make the excuse that we “meet up once a week for tournament wars” let this be me saying that it isn’t enough.
I see all sorts of posts about what we need to do for the scene, however never once have I seen action until Tournament Wars. People have sessions at their houses and open up, and please don’t think that I’m not grateful for that, I truly am…however let this be a reality check that it is not enough for the “goal” that you’ve put yourselves at. You can’t call yourselves hungry until you’ve truly put in the work. You want to get better? Throw sessions! Organize events and tournaments! Become **serious **about playing.
I personally don’t even look at myself as a Street Fighter player any more…I’m more or less someone who just enjoys the game. It’s not like I practice, it’s not like I try to figure something out in the game, how can I call myself a street fighter player? There’s no fire and that’s the problem with this scene. We’re all just friends who have casual games with each other and nothing more.
Let this be a reality check to all those that say that they “play Street Fighter seriously” because aside from a handful of you, there aren’t many who even play this game like that. So how are you going to start the want to play? Or do you even WANT to play? Drop the self entitlement and do something for your scene if you want it to thrive.
- Mike Davis